Clearbranch UMC
Sunday March 04, 2018
ClearBranch is a United Methodist Church serving the Trussville/Argo area of northeast Jefferson County, Alabama. Our Mission is to ENGAGE people through relational ministry, to EQUIP disciples for Christ, and to EMPLOY their gifts through missions. The Vision of Clearbranch UMC is Transformed Lives offering the Transforming Love of Christ
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  • Clearbranch UMC
    8051 Glenn Rd, Trussville, AL 35173, USA
    Sunday 9:30 AM
Series: Restored

Sermon Title: Who Left this Mess?
Main Scripture: Luke 19:1-10 (NRSV)

1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
The Main Idea: Finding grace in the mess
Preventing PROBLEMS AND GRACE

Luke 19:1-3 (NRSV)
Luke 19:1-3 (NRSV)

1 He (Jesus) entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a CHIEF TAX COLLECTOR and was RICH. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the CROWD he could not, because he was SHORT in stature.
Preparation for a BLESSING

Luke 19:4-7 (NRSV)
Luke 19:4-7 (NRSV)

4 So he RAN AHEAD and CLIMBED A SYCAMORE TREE to see him, because he was going to PASS THAT WAY. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was HAPPY TO WELCOME HIM. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”
Prepared to BE A BLESSING

Luke 19:8-10 (NRSV)

Genesis 12:2 (NRSV)

Genesis 18:18 (NRSV)
Luke 19:8-10 (NRSV)

8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of MY POSSESSIONS, Lord, I will GIVE TO THE POOR; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will PAY BACK FOUR TIMES as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man CAME TO SEEK out and to SAVE THE LOST.”
Genesis 12:2 (NRSV)

2 I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
Genesis 18:18 (NRSV)

18 Seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him.
Challenge Questions:

Where has God's grace "run ahead" to reach me before I knew to seek and love Him back?

What risks will I take to see Jesus more clearly?

What messes might God be seeking to transform in me?

Who is God seeking to love and bless through my transformed life?
Worship Set List;

Monuments - Gateway Worship;

Love So Great - Hillsong;

Worthy of Your Name - Passion;

Lord I Need You - Matt Maher

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